Databases A-Z

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To complement our print collection, GSA Library subscribes to hundreds of online resources, from e-books to e-journals, and from image databases to film. These resources are great for essays or dissertations, and can be accessed even when the physical library is closed.

Here you will find an A-Z list of some of the most useful and popular of these resources. This is only a small percentage of the total online resources we provide, all of which can be discovered through our catalogue.

Please note that we may subscribe to only part of the larger resources listed here. Unfortunately, our online resources are only available to GSA students and staff and not to external members.

Accessing Our Resources

If you are accessing these resources on-campus, you should not need to log in as you will be identified as a member of GSA.

If you are accessing these resources off-campus, you will need to log in. You should look for the log in option called ‘Institutional Login’, ‘UK Federation’ or ‘Shibboleth’. Once you have selected this option, simply enter your usual GSA network username and password.

Key Texts

EBSCO eBooks

Read or download selected key texts from Glasgow School of Art reading lists. To read online, follow the instructions in our guide.

DawsonEra eBooks

Read or download nearly 500 ebooks, including some key texts, on the DawsonEra platform. View the ebook catalogue to browse the GSA collection.

Archive Materials

Glasgow Miracle Archives

This online resource presents a number of archive sources relating to the Third Eye Centre (1975-1991) and CCA (1992-the present).

Glasgow School of Art

Search records, manuscripts, art works, ceramics, textiles, photographs and much, much more relating to the history of Glasgow School of Art.


Film and Sound

BFI InView

Over 2,000 non-fiction film and television titles from the twentieth to the early twenty-first centuries.

British Library Sounds

Explore over 12,000 recordings of music, spoken word, and human and natural environments. Includes an extensive collection of interviews with artists and designers.

GSA Video Archive

Recorded lectures and public events from Glasgow School of Art, including Friday Events at the School of Fine Art and Friday Lectures at the Mackintosh School of Architecture.


Kanopy is an on-demand video streaming service that provides access to more than 26,000 films across a large variety of topics and subjects.

Moving Image Archive

The Moving Image Archive is Scotland’s national collection of moving image and is held at the National Library. You can watch over 1,900 clips and full-length films from the collection online.

Moving Image Library @ GSA

Explore the Library’s extensive DVD collection, through carefully curated features, articles and showcases.


UbuWeb is an independent resource dedicated to all strains of the avant-garde, ethnopoetics, and outsider arts. Categories include Dadaism, Futurism, early 20th century literary experiment, musique concrete, electronic music, Fluxus, Beat poetry, minimalist and process works, performance art, plunderphonics, and sampling.


Culture Grid

Culture Grid opens up a wealth of information from UK museums, galleries, libraries and archives


Explore more than 30 million digitised items from the collections of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera

This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include entertainment, the book trade, popular prints, and advertising.


Provides over 360,000 images, sound files and film clips relating to Scottish material culture and history selected from over 350 museums, galleries, media organisations and archives. All resources are copyright-cleared for educational use. Subjects include archaeology, architecture, art and design, art history, cultural studies, ethnology, history, literature, and media studies.

Visual Arts Data Service

An online browsable resource for the visual arts, comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK. Includes a number of digital resources from the Glasgow School of Art.

Vogue Archive Online

Complete full-text archive of American Vogue from the very first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution colour. Every page, advertisement, cover, and fold-out has is included, and you can search by garment type, designer and brand name.

Journal and Magazine Articles

ACM Digital Library

Of high relevance to digital designers, this site provides access to citations and the full-text of journals articles and conference proceedings from the Association of Computing Machinery

Art and Architecture Archive

Full-text archive of key research material in the fields of art, design and architecture, dating from the late-nineteenth to the twentieth centuries. Subjects include fine art, decorative arts, architecture, interior design, industrial design, and photography. The magazines are scanned from cover-to-cover and presented as full-colour page images.

Art and Architecture Complete

A leading resource for the study of art and architecture, this database provides full-text coverage of 380 periodicals and more than 220 books. In addition, it provides abstracts and indexes for more than 780 additional journals, magazines and trade publications. Full-text coverage dates back to 1937.

Arts Search

Consists of three related and linked databases:

  • ReVIEW provides full-text of arts journals, mainly from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • Arts and Architecture Profiles provides biographical data on over 30,000 artists, architects and designers
  • Design Abstracts Retrospective contains abstracts of decorative, applied arts and design journals published between 1900-1986

Directory of Open Access Journals

Online directory of high-quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

eMagazines from GSA Library

Discover e-magazines across art, design and architecture – read online or download to an app for offline reading.


Offers research articles on all aspects of human impact on the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Please note that this database provides abstract and index information only, and not the full-text of articles.


One of the largest academic databases available, JSTOR provides full-text content from over a thousand leading academic journals in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Subjects covered include history, politics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, art history, and language and literature.


The GSA institutional repository provides access to either the citations or full-text of research outputs from the School’s staff and researchers.

Maps and Geospatial 


Search and download detailed Ordnance Survey maps and data. Please note that access to this database is only available on-campus, and you must register with the resource upon first access.

National Library of Scotland Map Images

Over 200,000 high-resolution, zoomable map images for Scotland and beyond. From 1560 to 1964.


Times Digital Archive

Full-text facsimile of more than 200 years of The Times, one of the most highly regarded resources for nineteenth and twentieth century history, detailing every complete page of every issue from 1785.

Building contracts

SBCC Online

A database of Scottish building contracts, including the Standard Building Contract, Design and Build Contract, and Minor Works Building Contract.

Theses, Dissertations and Research Papers


Open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide.


Search across over 440,000 UK doctoral theses awarded by over 120 institutions, including Glasgow School of Art. Many are available for instant download, with others available for scan-on-demand after payment. Read ethos to get started.


The GSA institutional repository provides access to either the citations or full-text of theses awarded by Glasgow School of Art. Selective Masters dissertations are also available.



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